Army now in charge at Leuchars

RAF Leuchars formally becomes Leuchars Station at a low-key flag handover at the camp today.

The RAF leaves Leuchars after almost a century and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and their families will move into their new base over the coming months.

The Scottish DG have been based in Fallingbostel in Germany for 20 years, but view the move to Scotland very much as “coming home”.

The regiment’s commanding officer Lieutenant Benn Cattermole MBE says he could not want a better year to come back to Scotland - the regiment celebrates many historical events this year, including their participation in the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago.

As well as making sure the move to Scotland goes smoothly Lt Col Cattermole is also overseeing the regiment’s transition to a light cavalry regiment after 74 years as a tank regiment.

Soldiers across the regiment are looking forward to the move: “Anywhere in Scotland would be going home,” said WO2 Steven Chart, who has lived in Germany for longer than he has in Scotland.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards on a training exercise in Fallingbostel. Pic: Michael Gillen

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards on a training exercise in Fallingbostel. Pic: Michael Gillen

Corporal Gordon Adam said: “Can’t wait to get back,” while Trooper Logan Ritchie from East Wemyss is looking forward to being closer to home: “It will be good to go back.”